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Bathroom Toilet Prices

It's not uncommon for homeowners to eventually have to replace a toilet. Over time, plumbing issues can render older toilets non-functional. Some homeowners may decide to replace toilets as a way of saving money by installing more water-efficient fixtures. Regardless of a homeowner's reason, the fact remains that there are many costs and considerations to keep in mind along the way. 

The Costs

  • The average reported price to replace a household toilet is $325.31
  • The maximum reported cost to replace a household toilet is $363.98
  • The minimum reported cost of household toilet replacement is $286.65

Different Types of Toilets: Advantages and Disadvantages

One of the first decisions that the homeowner will need to make is the specific type of toilet to be installed. Many homeowners these days are surprised to find out that there are many different types of toilets on the market to choose from. Sometimes, the choices can seem overwhelming. Regardless, various toilet styles and types have their own distinct characteristics in addition to advantages and disadvantages to consider.

It is important to start by considering whether a one-piece or two-piece toilet is desired. A one-piece toilet integrates the tank and bowl together, whereas a two-piece toilet keeps these components separate. A one-piece toilet makes installation easier, but a two-piece fixture makes individual repairs and replacements easier and less expensive. Generally, one-piece toilets are cheaper to buy up-front, but needing to replace a tank or bowl down the road means having to buy an entirely new fixture and could thus be more expensive in the long run.

Another consideration to keep in mind when choosing a toilet is that of bowl shape. Compact elongated, elongated and round front are the three main bowl designs to choose from. Typically, round-front toilets are smaller and thus ideal for compact spaces or for children's bathrooms. On the other hand, compact elongated and elongated bowls take up more space, but are typically more comfortable for adults.

Wall hung toilets are another option that is becoming increasingly popular. These toilets have a tank system that is actually built into the wall. This saves space in the bathroom itself, but makes installation and repairs a bit more difficult as the tank will be harder to access. Still, many homeowners enjoy this type because of the fact that they are easy to clean and save space.

Finally, the type of flush system included in the toilet is important to keep in mind. These days, there are two main types of flush systems: gravity and assisted flush. Gravity flush toilets, as the name implies, uses the force of gravity to force the water around the rim and down the drain upon flushing. An assisted flush system, on the other hand, is more expensive and relies on electricity to complete the same job. Not all homes are suited for a gravity flush system, so an assisted flush may be necessary in these cases.

When making a decision as to which toilet is best, homeowners may also want to factor in the water efficiency of the fixture. After all, small savings in one's water bill can certainly add up over time. Therefore, it may be worth it to spend just a little bit more on a more efficient toilet if it means that this investment could pay off in the long run.

Cost Considerations

Aside from the various types of toilets and flushing systems having an impact on the overall cost of the project, there are other factors that can have an influence on this as well. For starters, if an existing toilet will need to be removed in order to install a new one, this can definitely add to the overall cost of the project itself. Most plumbers will charge between $20 and $25 to remove and dispose of an old fixture prior to installing a new one. Homeowners looking to save money, on the other hand, may wish to consider removing the existing fixture themselves rather than relying on a plumber to take care of it. This process is typically quite easy and not very time consuming, especially for those with one-piece toilets in place.

Another cost to consider when it comes to having a new toilet installed is that of the actual labor costs. Usually, the price of the toilet itself is relatively inexpensive — ranging between $100 and $200. It tends to be the labor costs that can really add up. Most plumbers will include labor expenses with their overall estimate or quote, but homeowners should note that these additional expenses can easily add up to another $100 to $200.

Fortunately, there are some simple ways in which homeowners can go about saving money on their new toilet installation. For starters, taking the time to compare prices among different local plumbers can really make all the difference. Often, going with an independent contractor as opposed to a dedicated plumbing company can save a significant amount of money. The key, however, is to ensure that any contractor hired is fully licensed and insured prior to performing any work. Any reputable plumbing contractor will have proof of insurance, but it should also be on file with the local city government or municipality.

Reading through reviews of independent plumbing contractors before making a decision is also a good idea. This can give homeowners a better idea as to what to expect in terms of service and quality of workmanship. Furthermore, asking neighbors and other local friends or family members for recommendations on a plumber can be a good idea. Checking with local companies for special promotions and savings can help to cut down on the overall cost as well.

Overall, there are many considerations to keep in mind when it comes to replacing an existing toilet or simply installing a new one within the home. Choosing the right toilet is the first step, but finding ways to save money is important as well. Ultimately, shopping around and weighing one's decisions before going through with the project is the best way to go.

Last updated on May 6, 2016

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